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Universal Electronics Releases UEI QuickSet 2.4 Bringing Next Level of Automation to Universal AV Setup and Control for Millions

  Universal Electronics Releases UEI QuickSet 2.4 Bringing Next Level of
  Automation to Universal AV Setup and Control for Millions of Connected
  Devices Worldwide

2014 International CES

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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- January 7, 2014

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (Nasdaq:UEIC) today announced the latest
release of its industry-leading universal setup and control SDK, UEI
QuickSet™. UEI QuickSet 2.4 follows up on the success of the original UEI
platform that is currently deployed in over 70 million devices around the
world including set-top boxes, connected TVs, media devices, game consoles,
smartphones, and tablets.

With millions of connected devices already deployed, UEI QuickSet 2.4 delivers
the simplest and most intuitive universal remote control setup and control
experience available today. This technology enables an AV device remote
control to be set up and programmed to control virtually any television or
entertainment device in the home, with minimal or no user input.

With millions of new devices entering the digital living room, all vying to
deliver entertainment content to consumers worldwide, the need for a universal
control interface has become a priority for device manufacturers, content
providers, and mobile platforms.

UEI QuickSet 2.4 delivers a universal setup and control experience that is
unmatched in the industry. It includes features such as:

  *automated device setup using HDMI-CEC connections to automatically
    identify the device brand and model number of connected devices without
    requiring user input;
  *automated device detection and IR control of IP connected AV devices;
  *enhanced control code lookup feature combining search by service provider
    and set-top box manufacturer;
  *optimized setup maps that deliver a consumer-friendly user interface to
    determine the exact control code for the system; and
  *a cloud-based service to ensure access to a real-time device code database
    that is continuously updated with the latest control codes for the newest
    devices on the market, making the universal control interface easy to set
    up and future proof.

UEI QuickSet is currently deployed on a variety of platforms and operating
systems including Linux, Windows, Android and iOS; supports embedded
applications that have built-in IR blasters; devices that support two-way RF
communication with remote IR blasters, such as connected bridges; and remote
controls with built-in RF.

UEI’s device code database is the industry’s leading device database for
universal entertainment control, giving users access to literally hundreds of
thousands of control functions for virtually all digital entertainment
electronics devices in the world. With well over 98 percent of installed TVs
in the market supported, users across the globe will benefit from UEI
QuickSet’s ability to deliver the right control code for their specific
digital entertainment device.

Licensees of UEI QuickSet include leading cable and satellite service provides
such as DIRECTV and Echostar Technologies, as well as leading brands in the
gaming industry, such as Nintendo on their WiiU platform, and more recently,
Microsoft on their groundbreaking Xbox One gaming system.

Video game consoles are fast becoming key platforms for delivering home
entertainment, with features beyond gaming including video playback,
over-the-top content, and social media connections. According to Neilson
Research, half of the latest models of gaming systems (known as 7^th
Generation Consoles) are now located in the primary living/family room, making
them an essential part of the home theater experience.

With UEI QuickSet, Microsoft’s Xbox One can deliver a seamless universal
control experience using voice commands to control functions like powering on
the TV and set-top box, controlling volume during gameplay and TV watching, as
well as providing set-top box control of DVR and channel tuning.

“Xbox One is a truly unique console concept, and UEI is proud to be an
integral part of Microsoft’s latest platform,” says Paul Arling, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer for UEI. “As the convergence of gaming and multimedia
entertainment continues, UEI remains at the forefront of providing consumers
with the underlying technology needed to ensure the best possible control
experience. Our extensive device control code library combined with the ease
of setup of UEI QuickSet continues to be one of our most important competitive
differentiators.”

UEI QuickSet has also achieved significant penetration in the connected TV
space with leading television manufacturer Samsung, who offers this feature in
certain of their SmartTV models, as well as many of the GoogleTV platforms
launched by mainstream consumer electronics brands such as Sony and Vizio.

UEI QuickSet has also gained momentum in one of the fastest growing segments
of the mobile electronics space, Smartphones. Today, UEI QuickSet is an
integral component in delivering the universal entertainment setup and control
experience in the flagship platforms of some of the leading smartphone
manufacturers in the world. Several of LG’s Optimus and G2 models, as well as
Sony’s Xperia line of mobile devices rely on UEI QuickSet to drive their
universal AV control experience.

UEI will demonstrate the full complement of UEI QuickSet 2.4 features at their
booth 20612 located in South Hall 1, at the International Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas starting January 7, 2014.

About Universal Electronics

Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in
wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and
delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment
devices, digital media, and home systems. The company’s broad portfolio of
patented technologies and database of infrared control software have been
adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics,
subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI sells and licenses
wireless control products through distributors and retailers under the One For
All® brand name. For additional information, visit our website at www.uei.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant
to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact
are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking
statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the timely
development, delivery and market acceptance of products and technologies
identified in this release; the continued rollout of IR based features and
functions in the Microsoft Xbox One, and other gaming platforms; the continued
penetration and growth of the products and consumer technologies identified in
this release; and other factors described in the Company’s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results that the Company
achieves may differ materially from any forward looking statement due to such
risks and uncertainties. The Company undertakes no obligations to revise or
update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or
circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

Contact:

Universal Electronics Inc.
Benny Canady, UEI Corporate Marketing and Public Relations
714-918-9500
bcanady@ueic.com
 
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